Community Table with Jennifer Garner

Follow along as we join Jennifer Garner to discover the story behind a beloved recipe from a member of the Walmart family. Then, gather your loved ones to connect over a favorite meal of your own. Share your favorite family recipe on social media with #WalmartCommunityTable.


Ricky’s favorite empanadas

Ricky Gomez, Co-Manager at Store 3409 in Leicester, MA, was inspired by his grandmother’s restaurant in Puerto Rico, which specializes in empanadas—his favorite dish. Seeing them in stores makes Ricky happy, because they represent diversity & inclusion for the Latinx community.

Ricky's Favorite Veggie Empanadas

1 package store-bought empanada rounds
1 ripe plantain, diced
1 15 ½ oz. can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 onion, diced
3-5 garlic cloves, minced
1 plum tomato, diced
1 T. olive oil1 ¼ c. vegetable broth
3 T. cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. chili powder
¼ to ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
¼ tsp. allspice
Shredded cheese, optional
Egg wash

1. Preheat oven to 425F.
2. Sauté plantains, onions, & garlic in olive oil until golden. Add salt, cumin, coriander, chili powder, & stir.
3. Add beans, tomatoes, & broth. Turn down heat & simmer until liquid is absorbed.
4. Add red pepper flakes, allspice, & two Tbsp. cilantro. Stir to combine & cook five minutes.
5. To assemble, place an equal amount of filling into the center of each dough round, sprinkle with remaining cilantro, brush water along the edges of the rounds, fold to make a half moon, & seal edges with a fork.
6. Place empanadas on a baking tray, brush with egg wash, & bake until golden (about 12 minutes).
7. Serve with chimichurri, or sauce of your choice.

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“When I make my grandma’s sweet potato pudding, I can see her hands making it...It’s like passing down family love from generation to generation.” – Jennifer Garner